The Joint Commission

Lawrence General Hospital achieved the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the health care industry’s pre-eminent accrediting body, after a rigorous and unannounced 4-day top to bottom onsite review of processes and procedures in 2022. The Joint Commission accredits more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States and is a leader is promoting patient safety within the health care industry.





To file a report or concern, please contact The Joint Commission at 1-800-994-6610. You can visit their website at

Survey Specifics:

  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency services
  • Environment of care
  • Human resources
  • Imaging services
  • Inpatient care
  • Laboratory
  • Leadership
  • Life safety
  • Medical staff
  • Outpatient services
  • Pharmacy
  • And others!

    Blue Distinction Center + for Bariatric Surgery

    Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes. The Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education.  




    Department Earning Accreditation

    • Weight Management and Bariatrics

    Blue Distinction Center + for Maternity Care

    Lawrence General Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes. Click here to learn more.




    Department Earning Accreditation

    • Maternity
    • Labor and Delivery

    College of American Pathologists

    Lawrence General Hospital is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Considered the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, CAP serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

    Department Earning Accreditation




    • Laboratory

    American College of Surgeons

    Lawrence General’s Level III Trauma, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Departments are all accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). ACS was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.




    Departments Earning Accreditation

    • Emergency Center (as a Level III Trauma Center)
    • Weight Management and Bariatrics

    American College of Radiology

    Founded in 1924, the American College of Radiology is at the forefront of radiology evolution, representing more than 38,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists. Lawrence General's proven track record of diagnosing early stages of breast cancer has helped the hospital earn its distinction as a breast imaging center of excellence. 




    Departments/Services Earning Accreditation

    • Mammography at Lawrence General Hospital
    • Mammography at Andover Medical Center
    • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy services at Lawrence General Hospital
    • CT services at Lawrence General Hospital

    American College of Cardiology

    Saving lives, preventing irreparable heart damage, and improving the cardiovascular patient's quality of life are the absolute fundamentals of accreditation. That's why Lawrence General is proud to be the first in the Merrimack Valley region to have earned the Chest Pain, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Heart Failure accreditations.




    Department Earning Accreditation

    • Heart and Vascular

    American Heart Association

    The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes Lawrence General for its continued success in using the Get With The Guidelines Stroke program. Lawrence General has applied the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes in the community we serve.

    The American Heart Association also recognizes this hospital for its continued success  in using the Get With The Guidelines Resuscitation program. 




    Departments Earning Accreditation

    • Stroke
    • Cardiology

    HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence

    The American College of Cardiology awarded Lawrence General one of its first HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence awards for demonstrated commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality cardiovascular care and its ongoing performance reporting. Lawrence General is one of only a select few of hospitals in the country to receive this designation.





    Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

    Lawrence General is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation.




    Departments Earning Accreditation

    • CT Scan
    • Interventional Radiology

    Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

    As an MBSAQIP accredited program, Lawrence General has demonstrated that our center meets the needs of our patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care. This accreditation formally acknowledges Lawrence General’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.




    Department Earning Accreditation

    • Weight Management and Bariatrics